Easter 2017 at All Hallows’

Palm Sunday 9 April
10:30am Palm Sunday service (Zechariah 9:9-12, Mark 11:1-10)
12 noon Lunch at All Hallows. Please RSVP to Heston and please bring £3/£5 if you can, for lunch which Emily will prepare for us.
1/1.30pm Visit to the Hope Pastures donkey sanctuary

Maundy Thursday 13 April
From 6pm Seder Meal / Eucharist and Footwashing. With the wonderful David Winston (exciting!) making sure we don’t forget the Jewishness of this evening. Please RSVP to Heston and please bring £3/£5 if you can, for dinner which Emily will prepare for us.

Good Friday 14 April
11am Hot Cross Buns
12-3pm Worship in church, Getting out onto the streets, closing worship at Hyde Park Methodist Church

Easter Saturday 15 April
12noon Barbecue in vicarage/church garden. Please RSVP to Heston

Easter Sunday 16 April – Christ is Risen Alleluia!
6am Easter Vigil and cooked breakfast at St Michael’s Headingley. With Dote on the trumpet!
10.30am All age Easter worship at All Hallows
2pm ‘Anastasis’ (Resurrection) at Left Bank, Cardigan Road

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When does Jesus surprise me?

From Easter Sunday’s Service – Sarah Derbyshire

I’m super stoked I get to talk about how Jesus surprises me, and how the element of surprise coexists with my relationship with God.

For me, surprise isn’t just a lack of expectation in my faith, but it has become an integral part of my identity as a Christian, and, in some sense, a virtue I’ve both battled with and learnt to love.

Hands down the biggest surprise I’ve ever had, was the day I decided I wanted to be a Christian. I was 16 years old, I was stood at the bus stop, it was 6:30 in the morning, it was bouncing it down with rain, I had no coat and I was already going to be late for sixth form. I told myself that if the bus came within the next 30 seconds then I’d drop everything and there and then I’d start believing in God.

Long story short, the bus took 15 minutes to come; but it was that very morning I knew I wanted to get to know God, I wanted to understand why God loved me so much, why God would allow his only begotten son to be sacrificed for me, and why God would leave me stood at the bus stop in the rain for 15 minutes.

In the 4 years between then and now, and shortly after joining the Catholic Church, I began to understand why God loves me, and why he’d give Jesus as a sacrifice for the sins of the world, although I still don’t understand why he left me that rainy morning at the bus stop!

But, and to be a bit more serious about this, there’s a lot more to how surprise is central to my relationship with Jesus, than the unfortunate events of that early morning 4 years ago.

For the past year or so, it feels like God surprises me more and more, so much so that I’m equally as surprised when my day goes exactly as I planned it to be. And it’s because of this, I thought I was completely ready to take on anything God had for me, and open to Gods plans.

And then at world youth day, surrounded by 3 million young people of the Church, Pope Francis asked a simple question “are you completely open to God’s surprises?”, and at that moment, I realised I wasn’t. Surprise seems to go hand in hand with newness. Whenever I’m surprised in my Christian faith, it usually means I have to let go of the plans I had for myself, and instead, put my complete trust in God.

My ability, or lack of in some cases, to put my complete trust in God when faced with surprise, has been a huge surprise to me. As a raging extrovert, I don’t often get anxious, yet, when it comes to surprise in my faith, trusting in God and leaving my cushy comfort zone often makes me really nervous.

That simple question by Pope Francis completely tore apart everything I thought I knew about myself and my relationship with Jesus. It was at that moment, reflecting on the endless surprises God seems to throw at me, reflecting on my ‘I’m completely ready and open to every surprise God and Jesus bless me with, attitude’… that I realised I was actually doing the complete opposite.

One of the biggest surprises I think I’ll ever have, was when I realised I was called to the Anglican priesthood. I was sat in Catholic Mass when I first realised – and on that day, I was utterly convinced that this was one surprise too far.

Pope Francis gave us a few minutes more to reflect before saying “how wonderful is it to be surprised by God’s call, to embrace his word, and to walk in the footsteps of Jesus… be open to surprise… your life will become richer and more joyful each day.”

Since then, I’ve done a lot more growing and I’m still constantly surprised; I’m surprised by what God seems to have in store for me, how much Jesus loves and supports me, and I’m surprised by how far I’ve already come in my spiritual journey.

What Pope Francis said that day really challenged me; and since then I believe it has helped me to become a more active Christian, and constantly conscious of God, whom I should trust in the face of surprise.

I was surprised when I wanted to become a Christian, I was even more surprised when I wanted to become a priest, and I was especially surprised when at 17 years old I signed myself up and became a member of the religious order of the Salesians of Don Bosco.

For me, being a Salesian comes hand in hand with being surprised. Both in myself and my abilities, and also in my spirituality.

Don Bosco, the founder of the Salesians, preaches a simple message around our mission towards the young – that we must leave everything in God’s hands, who will let us know when to change course, and that we must be ready to be surprised by the young.

Pope Francis asked me a very simple question that changed the way I understood ‘surprise’ forever, and reshaped how I understood my relationship with Jesus – and I’m going to finish on just that.

“Are you completely open to God’s surprises?”

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A Moment with God – Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday

I didn’t know

that Love is real life

and everything else

just a more or less entertaining way

of dying.

And I didn’t know

that Love is like nothing on earth.

Love isn’t what you fall in.

It’s what pulls you out

of what you fall in.

Love isn’t a good feeling.

Love is doing good

when you’re feeling bad.

Love means hanging in

when everyone else

shrugs their shoulders

and goes off to McDonalds.

Love means taking the knocks

and coming back

to try to make things better.

Love hurts.

That’s its way of telling you

that you’re alive.

And the funny thing is that after all

Love does feel good.

People say Love is weak.

But Love is tougher than Hate.

Hating’s easy.

Most of us have a gift for it.

But Love counts to ten

while Hate slams the door.

Love says you

where Hate says me.

Love is the strongest weapon

known to mankind.

Other weapons blow people up.

Only Love puts them back together again.

And everything that seems real, 

that looks smart, 

that feels good, 

has a sell-by date.

But Love has no sell-by date.

Love is Long Life.

Love is the ultimate preservative.

I don’t know too much about Love

but I know a man who does, 

up there on the cross

Loving us to death.

Love is the key 

to the door of the place

he’s prepared for you

in the kingdom of God.

If you’re beginning to understand

then welcome to the real world…

— Godfrey Rust

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A Moment with God – Good Friday

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?

My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer;

by night, but I find no rest.

YET you are the holy one;

enthroned on the praises of your people.

Our forebears trusted in you;they trusted and you delivered them.

They cried out to you and were saved;

put their trust in you and were not confounded…

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A Moment with God – Maundy Thursday

Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us that what we do

for the least of our brothers and sisters

we do also for you:

give us the will to be the servant of others

as you were the servant of all,

and gave up your life and died for us,

but are alive and reign, now and for ever.

Amen.

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A Moment with God – Wednesday in Holy Week

We proclaim Christ crucified: a stumbling-block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are called (both Jews and Greeks) Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength…


1 Corinthians 1

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A Moment with God – Tuesday in Holy Week

Almighty God,
as we stand at the foot of the cross of your Son,
help us to see and know your love for us,
so that, in humility love and joy,
we may place at his feet
all that we have and all that we are;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

— Common Worship: Night Prayer in Passiontide

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A Moment with God – Monday in Holy Week

Blessed are you, Lord God of our salvation,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
As a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief
your only Son was lifted up
that he might draw the whole world to himself.

May we walk this day in the way of the cross
and always be ready to share its weight,
declaring your love for all the world.

Blessed be God, Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.
Blessed be God for ever.

(Common Worship: Daily Prayer in Passiontide)

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Palm Sunday

On Palm Sunday Jesus rode into Jerusalem (not Bethlehem!) on a donkey. What does a donkey look like? Well, we went to find out at our nearest donkey sanctuary at Hope Pastures.

Is that a donkey?

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Bulletin 9th April 2017

Bulletin 9th April 2017

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